As regimes attempt to roll back human rights, Indigenous Peoples and local communities find power in partnerships

On the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, RRI’s Latin America Program Director reflects on the human rights challenges facing indigenous, Afro-descendant, and peasant communities—and how they and their allies are joining forces to take on these challenges together.

President Iván Duque, Protect Social Activists
President Iván Duque, Protect Social Activists

The world is turning its eyes toward Colombia as the new president, Iván Duque, takes office. Rights groups and peace activists are calling on the government to ensure that both the peace process and the country’s social leaders are protected.

New data gathered from Afro-descendant community councils and state records reveal that the Colombian government has failed to address 271 claims for collective Afro-descendant land rights—threatening cultural and environmental sustainability, the rights of Afro-descendant community territories as established by Law 70 of 1993, and the successful implementation of the peace accords. Although all 271 communities have submitted formal applications for collective land titles, the government has largely delayed recognition of their claims—in some cases for over a decade.

A Year After Cáceres’ Assassination, Threat to Land Rights Defenders Remains

The assassination of Berta Cáceres, underscored the vulnerability of indigenous leaders, and in particular indigenous women leaders, who face violence and criminalization for defending their communities’ lands and livelihoods. A year later, the targeting of land rights defenders continues.

Indígenas y afros, unidos en la paz
Indígenas y afros, unidos en la paz

Como se ve en El Espectador el 6 de marzo de 2016 Luis Alberto Yace, de la ONIC, junto a Marino Córdoba, líder afro. / GustavoTorrijos-…

La satanización de la consulta previa
La satanización de la consulta previa

Como se ve en El Espectador el 25 de febrero de 2016 En esta coyuntura de cambio climático y aspiraciones de una ‘paz territorial’, es…

Striking a peace deal with Colombia’s forests and fields
Striking a peace deal with Colombia’s forests and fields

Last year, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that, before or on March 23, the government would sign a peace deal with the rebel group Revolutionary…